Norwich City will be hoping to take their unbeaten run in all competitions to five games as they entertain a Leicester City side whose own run without defeat eventually came to an end last time out.
The Canaries are catching the eye with their enterprising football and have made a positive start to life back in the Premier League. It could have been even better for them last weekend, only for them to succumb to incessant late pressure and concede a late equaliser to West Ham United, depriving them of what would have been a superb victory. The key for any side promoted to the top table is to have a source of goals, and Alex Neil has seen his players show an impressive clinical edge.
After weeks of creating chances for others in what has been a good start to his Norwich career, Robbie Brady became the latest member of the team to trouble the scorers as he to punished an error to finish well at Upton Park. With the number of scoring opportunities he and his teammates are producing, they may experience some joy here, especially against a side that always places emphasis on attacking momentum and gives the opposition a chance.
Claudio Ranieri knew that Leicester’s amazing run of form was not going to last forever, and there was no disgrace in losing to an Arsenal side that played some wonderful football on the day and is tipped to go close in the race for the title this season. The only real criticism to make is that the two central defenders could have been given more protection from those in front of them, as they were horribly exposed when up against the pace of Theo Walcott.
The man to emerge with most credit was undoubtedly Jamie Vardy, who scored two expertly taken goals to add to his already impressive scoring tally for the season. It is a particularly significant record when the sheer competition for places in the Foxes attack is taken into consideration, as the likes of Andrej Kramaric, Leonardo Ulloa and promising youngster Joe Dodoo all wait in the wings, ready to capitalise on a loss of form for the England international.
Matt Jarvis is back for Norwich after being ineligible for the game at Upton Park, but midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu and striker Gary Hooper are still absent through injury.
This game is likely to come too soon for Nathan Dyer, but otherwise Leicester have a fully-fit squad to choose from as they look to return to winning ways.
Last Meeting (Premier League): These two sides have only been in the Premier League in the same season once before, and it was Norwich who took the spoils when they met in November 1994. They had to come from behind as Mark Draper gave the visitors a 22nd minute lead, but John Newsome and then a late goal from Daryl Sutch turned the game around.
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